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Old 06-28-2008, 02:10 AM   #1
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LED Bulb Conversion

For all those interested in converting from standard filament bulbs to LED bulbs, here's a little info/DIY that might help.

Quick LED facts:
-They illuminate 20% faster than normal filament bulbs. May not seem like much, but at 50+MPH, that could the difference between stopping and wrecking.
-They last longer. Up to 10 years or 10,000 hours.
-They use/require less power.


Bulbs replaced:
-All 4 rear tail/brake light bulbs - RED
-Both rear turn signal bulbs - AMBER
-All 4 front corner bulbs - AMBER
-Both rear license plate bulbs - WHITE
-Both front bumper signal bulbs - AMBER / WHITE


REARS
I bought my bulbs from my local AutoZone:
"Jam Strait" Red 1157 LED $17/pair x 2 = $34 - REARS


"Jam Strait" Amber 194 LED $11/pair x 2 = $22 - CORNERS


MY rears:



C91BLX7 bought his bulbs online from Ebay:
Red 1157 "20LED" bulbs $16/pair x 2 = $32


Amber 1156 "18LED" bulbs $13(shipped) for two bulbs:


White 194 LED bulbs $6 for two bulbs:



My bulbs were the forward facing "cone-type" bulbs.
C91's were the 360° angle.

EQUALIZERS:
Now, with my LED corner bulbs in, i had no problems with hyperblinking. However, when C91 put the LEDs in the rear signals, they hyperblinked, so, he had to put in Load Equalizers. You'll need an equalizer for each bulb.

He got the equalizers at AutoZone for $12.99/pair.


Equalizer in place:


--We discovered that the EQ generates a bit of heat. In the above picture, the EQ is too close to the wires. In the pic below the EQ has been placed differently, further away from all the wires. The wires leading from the EQ have just been taped to the body of the EQ.--



BROWN BOX "BYPASS":
Now onto the next hurdle. The LED bulbs will cause the "Brake Lamp" light on the dash to come on. There's a simple fix for this as well.
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permanently bypass the BRAKE failure indicator?

it all starts at the brown box in the driver side outer tail light..

cut the white/green wire (or just remove the pin) that went to the brown box, and connect it to Ground(-). you can tap into the other solid black wires that go along with the tail light wiring on that side.
CORNERS:
Now, for the front corner bulbs, the old were simply removed, and the new were put in place. As mentioned above, they did not hyperblink.

The license plate bulbs were the same. Just remove the old and insert the new.


BUMPER LIGHTS:
Amber(or white) 1156 LED (x2)

An 1156 bulb should fit just fine and thus, do the trick. This conversion will also require the use of an equalizer on each bulb. Again, you can use the exact same equalizers as used on the rear signals, which you can find at AutoZone for $12.99, for two.

We'll get pics up as they arrive.

This is a matter of removing the front bumper lens and wiring in the equalizer. Remove the light, remove the lens from the socket, wire in your equalizer, put in your new 1156 LED bulb and re-install.



Now for some vids and pics:

C91's LED test(w/o turn signal equalizer):



C91's LED test(after equalizer):



Full Rear-End LED Conversion:


Running lights only(no brakes):


Brakes on:




Thanks to myself(MikeW), C91BLX7 and cp[mike] for all pics and info.
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Old 06-28-2008, 11:23 AM   #2
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Good write up

Also the directions on how to install the Load EQ is on the pakage so we figured no need to type it out
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Very nice guys.
I may do this when evere I have an extra $50 laying around.


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I ultimately plan on making every light LED. cp[mike] style!

I think my next ones will be the bumper lights and license plate bulbs.
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this thread gets my seal of approval :P

for those searching for places other than ebay, here are two websites that have a LOAD of automotive and other DIY type LED bulbs and illuminators:

http://www.superbrightleds.com/
http://www.autolumination.com/



p.s. the hazard button will always make the turn signals flash properly (slowly), even if they are LED, so thats not a valid test - gotta actually use the directionals
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I ultimately plan on making every light LED. cp[mike] style!

I think my next ones will be the bumper lights and license plate bulbs.
haha, even headlights? or are you gonna do a TSX retro like I did?
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Thanks to myself(greencb7inkc), C91BLX7 and cp[mike] for all pics and info.
i love how you thanked yourself hahahah
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Bulbs replaced:
-All 4 rear tail/brake light bulbs - RED 4 1157 LED BULBS
-Both rear turn signal bulbs - AMBER 2 1156 LED BULBS
-All 4 front corner bulbs - AMBER
-Both rear license plate bulbs - WHITE
-Both front bumper signal bulbs - AMBER / WHITE

Im Confused about the others
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Bulbs replaced:
-All 4 rear tail/brake light bulbs - RED 4 1157 LED BULBS
-Both rear turn signal bulbs - AMBER 2 1156 LED BULBS
-All 4 front corner bulbs - AMBER
-Both rear license plate bulbs - WHITE
-Both front bumper signal bulbs - AMBER / WHITE

Im Confused about the others

What are you confused about?

The front corner bulbs and license plate bulbs are all 194. The front bumper lights, i forget, but they can be replaced with 1156.
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No.

All together you need:

1157 x 4 --- (brake/tail)
194 x 6 --- (corners and license)
1156 x 4 --- (rear signals and front bumper signals)
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What are you confused about?

The front corner bulbs and license plate bulbs are all 194. The front bumper lights, i forget, but they can be replaced with 1156.
http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-b...e/commerce.cgi

Ok. but on here i can not find 194s.
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Gimme a sec, but you can find 194s on Ebay or at AutoZone.

Not sure about Advanced Auto or O'Reilly's.

If not superbright, i know a site.....
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http://superbrightleds.com/mini-wedge.html

Right therrrre.

The first few bulbs they list replace 194s.

Btw, theyre based in STL. 2 hours from me. Yay, me.
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http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-b...e/commerce.cgi

Ok. but on here i can not find 194s.
194/168 wedge are all the same
http://www.superbrightleds.com/mini-wedge.html
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Well I found one led tail light bulb had one strip of LED's isn't lighting up. some how that is making the lights come on. But I just stuck an regular bulb in there and now its fine just need to see whats up with this bulb
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Hey! Instead of spending $13 for load equalizers at autozone, you can just pick up the same 7.5 ohm resistor at radioshack for like 99 cents. The only difference is you have to solder it.
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Hmm....

Ive been needing to get a soldering iron anyway....
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